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Doe Lake, Trinity Alps Wilderness, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA (Jun 14th - Jun 20th 2020)

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It is no coincidence that this portion of the Klamath Mountains is likened to and named after the famous Alps of Europe. The Trinity Alps are one of Northern California's most picturesque locations. The forested mountains, valleys, and meadows of the Trinity Alps Wilderness in northwestern California offer vistas of incredible beauty, diverse scenery and limitless opportunities for solitude. If Bigfoot exists, this is certainly where he would call home.

The rugged granite peaks and ridges, permanent ice fields, pristine high mountain lakes, and fragile meadows do indeed create a true alpine setting. In the Trinity Alps can be found around one hundred remote lakes and more than fifty peaks over 7,000’ with the highest being Thompson Peak, at 9,002’. With over 585,000 acres it is the second largest wilderness in California, and among the ten largest in the United States. Access is by way of eighty-one trailheads which lead to a total network of over 600 miles of trails, each of these trails leading to unique and secluded mountain gems. The wilderness is home to several rare species wildlife as well, including the martin, fisher, northern spotted owl and Roosevelt elk. There is also black bear, black-tailed deer, and many varieties of birds. The crystal clear streams provide spawning grounds for steelhead, Coho, and Chinook salmon.

Our service project will be assisting the USFS in the restoration of a section of trail between Doe Lake and Little Granite Lake via Stoddard Lake trailhead. Volunteers will spend the week cross-cutting downed logs, re-benching segments of trails, and building cairns. We may also work to clear logs off of other nearby trails as well. Pending a mid-May snow assessment, this project also has a back-up plan in place which entails the removal of weeds in drainage, trail work, and crosscut work in the Coffee Creek area. With either option, pack support will be provided for food, tools, and commissary gear. Our free day will include hiking to nearby peaks and lakes, photography, fishing, swimming, relaxing, and soaking up this unique Wilderness area!

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from previous years projects in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in our photo gallery.


Jun 14th - Jun 20th 2020

Service Project

Cross-cut work, trail maintenance, cairn construction.

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Free Days

Hiking to nearby peaks and lakes, photography, fishing, and relaxing.


Backpacking with pack support

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, digging, pulling, lifting, hiking. ~ 5-mile hike from the trailhead to basecamp.


Andrew Kerr
Reed McDowell

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